This Rest Area Matters!
Join the effort to preserve an underrecognized part of our transportation history by helping to document rest areas that are important to you.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation sponsored a
summer photo contest, This Place Matters,
in an effort to document places of significance all around the country. Restareahistory.org would like to see our
nation’s rest areas included among those places that are important to us. Even though the National Trust has concluded it summer contest we would like your continued help in documenting our nation's rest areas.
This is a great opportunity to make your rest area visits a little more interesting. Download the This Place Matters Sign and keep it with you for those planned and unplanned rest area stops. Please send us your pictures we will post them to our own This Rest Area Matters slideshow.
This Place Matters Home Page
E-mail your This Rest Area Matters! Photos to us
This Rest Area Matters! Slide show
Why Rest Areas Matter
Safety rest areas are an important part of our national
transportation system and their significance is multi-fold. Dating to the late 1950s, the national safety
rest area system has been offering relief, rest and visual amusement to travelers
on Interstate Highways for 50 years. The sites were designed to provide an
oasis in unfamiliar terrain and respite from long stretches of
Closing rest areas and welcome centers is currently a growing trend in states seeking to mitigate increasing budget shortfalls. Such action threatens not only highway safety, but the historical integrity of the rest area system.
Public support is vital…and you can help
If you are interested in receiving occasional updates on rest area issues let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Memory Project: Documenting Places through Recollection and Perception
Restareahistory.org is conducting an ongoing project that seeks to gather and record the intangible documentation of the nation’s Interstate Highway System, and particularly Interstate rest areas; the memories of those who have traveled the roadways.
During the twentieth century the landscape of our country was transformed by successive road building that culminated in the construction of the Interstate Highway System. Just as our landscape has evolved so has our experience of traveling through that landscape. Images of road culture and travel nostalgia have become American icons and millions of Americans have grown up enduring or reveling in the infamous family road trip.
We are interested in your stories. Did you grow up traveling on rural highways or multi-lane Interstate expressways? How has traveling the nation’s roads for business or pleasure formed your cultural perspective? We are very interested in your memories of rest areas. Do you recall stopping in these sites? Humorous stories are welcome and encouraged!
Please send us your travel and rest area memories and stories short or long.